Since this week has been all about reflection, the song of the week is from a concert that stood out as a favorite from the summer by both the staff and patrons. Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring is a famous work, easily recognizable by its use of the familiar Shaker melody, Simple Gifts. At the July concert, the musicians performed the piece, while a slideshow of photographs from local photographers Jim Steinberg, Rod Hanna and Judy Jones kept time to the music.
The photographs focused on memorable shots from the Steamboat Springs area. Pictures of Rabbit Ears, Steamboat Ski Area, Sleeping Giant and the creatures of the valley progressed through the journey of the seasons from early spring to late fall. For those who know the area and have personal memories associated with the famous landmarks, the pictures appearing at precise musical highpoints evoked powerful emotions.
Appalachian Spring is a 25 minute piece of work, although this video features only the section with Simple Gifts. While the slideshow here is only reminiscent of the live performance at the Strings Music Pavilion this summer, the music is still brilliant and the mountains inspiring.